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In This Issue
Deadline & Subscriptions
We're Celebrating Sunday!
Five-Cents-a-Meal Offering Aug. 18
Acolyte Program Is Recruiting
Handbell Rehearsals Ring In Wednesday
Wednesday Programs Begin Next Week
Larry Sharrett Speaks Here Aug. 18
August Mission Focus on Fairmount Teachers
Food Pantry Thanks Congregation
Discount for Fall Student Retreat Ends Sunday
Set Out on the Journey of Confirmation Sept. 8
On a Mission to Celebrate
Gifts to the Church
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
August 11
9th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Kings 6:15-23
Matthew 5:43-48
Loving Our Enemies
Sam Weddington
With a Voice of Singing
August 4: 9:00: 143; 11:00: 105
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August 8, 2019
We're Celebrating Sunday!
Come and see what God has done! See what wonderful things he has done for his people!
Psalm 66:5
Join us this Sunday, August 11, for an evening of celebrating all that God has done in and through FPC! Our church family will enjoy water slides, a potluck BBQ dinner, and fun fellowship followed by worship and Sunday School promotion. Bring family and friends and a side dish or dessert, and let's have a wonderful time together!
                                                      4:00:     Games and water fun
                                                      5:00:     Dinner
                                                      6:00:     Worship & celebration of a new school year
Five-Cents-a-Meal Offering Aug. 18
5 cents a meal logo

We will collect our Five-Cents-a-Meal offering again on August 18, at both services. The suggested offering is $13.65 per person, or about a nickel for each meal you eat in a three-month period. Your contribution will provide hunger relief through both local and global ministries. Last year our Five-Cents-a-Meal offerings enabled FPC to help feed the hungry in Bristol through Haven of Rest and Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, and in Ethiopia and Brazil through our missions in those countries. Please be generous!
Acolyte Program Is Recruiting
Our acolytes will resume their role in our 11:00 traditional worship service Sunday, September 8. We would like to add members to our team before then! If you and your child are interested in serving in this capacity, please let Pastor Sam know by email at The program is open to any child in grades 5 -12. Our first orientation will be held Sunday, August 25, at 12:30, directly after the traditional worship service. Please see the following schedule:
Acolyte Orientation & Practice
Sunday, August 25, 12:30 p.m.
Acolyte Team Orientation
Wednesday, August 28, 7:15 p.m.
Acolyte Rehearsal with Choir
Sunday, September 1, 12:30 p.m.
Acolyte Final Rehearsal
Sunday, September 8, 11:00 a.m.
Acolytes Resume Worship

Handbell Rehearsals Ring In Wednesday

The sound of handbells will ring out again when rehearsals resume Wednesday, August 14. We will practice from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the handbell room upstairs. I'm looking forward to another year of music making with returning members and some new faces. Please email or call me (, 276-696-9091) to inquire about joining this fun-loving group. We practice each Wednesday evening and play an average of once a month. The ability to read music is very helpful, but if you don't, we can teach you. A modest amount of coordination is also helpful, but if you're less than graceful, no problem. The ability to COUNT, however, is very, VERY important! Handbells add an element to worship that can't be duplicated in any other way. Once you get in the swing of ringing, I think you'll get hooked! / Bob Greene
Wednesday Programs Begin Next Week
Our Wednesday program kickoff is scheduled for August 14, beginning as always with a fellowship supper at 5:30 followed by programs for youth, children, and adults. Be sure to join us! We are excited to begin the semester with our Enriching Program for worship, study, and prayer, an intentional multiweek opportunity for spiritual nurture. Our time together will include hymns and praise songs, prayer, and Bible study in the chapel. Among the other programs of the semester will be information about FPC's mission trips and supported programs. Please mark your calendars for Wednesdays beginning August 14.
Larry Sharrett Speaks Here Aug. 18
The Sharretts

Please join the Evangelism & Outreach Committee in welcoming Lawrence (Larry to us!) Sharrett back to FPC this August. He will be in Bristol for less than a week, sharing a new mission focus and where God is leading his family in ministry. He will share the update with the entire church after the 11:00 service on Sunday, August 18, in the Fellowship Hall.
Since Larry finished seminary in Chicago, he and Courtney have served two years in Sofia, Bulgaria. The following is a synopsis of the status of their ministry and some important changes.
Larry's affiliation has shifted from The Antioch Partners to Cyclical, Inc. Cyclical is an ecumenical church-planting organization, based in California, that has been coaching Larry during the past year. He is now the Director of Cyclical Southeastern Europe, which includes Bulgaria. This will allow him to network among experienced church planters, including a young Presbyterian church plant in Athens, Greece, that has experience working in a predominantly Orthodox culture.
And there is more about Athens! Courtney has been working on her psychology degree online from Trinity International University, which is not satisfying her social, emotional, and educational needs and goals. As a result, she is enrolling at the American College of Greece in Athens for the fall semester. ACG offers a high-quality English program in counseling and psychology from which she will earn her BA. At the same time, Larry will be earning an MS in counseling and psychotherapy from ACG, which will sharpen his pastoral counseling skills in a culturally credible context. Scholarships and grants will fund 90% of Larry's and 50% of Courtney's expenses.
They are maintaining their apartment in Sofia and will travel back frequently to maintain contact and credibility with their Bulgarian circle. They will return there in two years to continue the ministry toward starting a new worshiping community.
Those in our church family who would like to support Larry and Courtney should send checks to:
Cyclical Inc.
64 N. Raymond Ave. Ste. 240
Pasadena, CA 91103
(Designate "Lawrence Sharrett, Cyclical Southeastern Europe" on the memo line.)
An online option is also available now at "Cyclical Online Giving for Sharretts." Steps for giving online:
  1. Click on Donate.
  2. Choose PayPal or Credit Card Giving Option.
  3. Use the memo section below the amount to write "Lawrence Sharrett: Cyclical Southeastern Europe."
We will have other opportunities to connect with Larry while he is in Bristol:
  • Saturday, August 17: Coffee and conversation from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery. Come and go as you want.
  • Sunday, August 18: A mission conversation and presentation with Q&A at 12:30 p.m. at FPC.
  • Sunday, August 18: An informal gathering at 6:30 p.m. Details to come.
August Mission Focus on Fairmount Teachers
The teachers of our neighborhood school need office supplies, so for the month of August we are focusing our mission efforts on providing them. We invite you to bring to worship on the Sundays of August 11 and 18, and to place around the communion table, the items shown below. For more information, contact Dave Welch at

Food Pantry Thanks Congregation
Discount for Fall Student Retreat Ends Sunday
Invite your friends and come to FPC's Fall Student Retreat at Doe River Gorge in Hampton, TN! This special weekend for students in grades seven through twelve is scheduled for August 31 through September 2. It will include wild fun, adventure in the great outdoors, worship, and bonding with your church family. We will leave Saturday and return Monday afternoon. Join us for a weekend of fun and fellowship with your friends!
If you register with a deposit by this Sunday, August 11, you will receive a T-shirt, and the total cost of the trip will be $150. After August 11, the price will increase to $175 and a T-shirt size cannot be guaranteed. Register at the link below and pay the $50 deposit. Turn in money to the church or pay online at
Ready to go? ==> REGISTER HERE <==
Set Out on the Journey of Confirmation Sept. 8

First Presbyterian Church invites all students in seventh to eleventh grade to join our fall confirmation class, which begins Sunday, September 8. In this course, we will learn, discuss, and ask hard questions about faith, God, and more. The confirmation class prepares students for baptism or to confirm the vows of their baptism by professing their faith in Jesus Christ.
The confirmation journey is a two-year experience. At the conclusion of the two years, students will be invited to confirm their faith and join the church. Confirmation class will take place on Sunday mornings from 10:00 till 10:45 in the Big Room in the Student Ministries wing. Each class builds on the information from the previous week, so class attendance is very important. We ask you to make a commitment to attend every Sunday. If you miss a class, we can help you make it up, but we ask all confirmands to take this commitment seriously.
As you learn through discussion and activities, you will find the confirmation journey to be a time of both individual growth and relational growth with your church family. You will play games, watch videos, and meet friends in new ways. And in addition to your teachers, you will have two mentors, an adult and a high school student, to help you as you go through the process. If you are interested in participating in confirmation, contact Katie Arnold at
On a Mission to Celebrate
This Sunday we will celebrate the start of our new program and church school year. We'll gather on the grounds, weather permitting. Weather or not, Ron Fox (August 7 -10) will make sure the lawn is prepared for our happy feet. Larry Sharrett's mission presentation is coming up the following Sunday, August 18, and David Moore (August 14 -17) has made it his mission to cut all that grass down to size for the occasion. Come out and admire their work, celebrate, and learn!
Gifts to the Church
Memorials and honoraria are published in the newsletter only after the family has been personally notified by our business office. Today we gratefully acknowledge an anonymous gift in memory of Alec Turnbull to the Minister's Discretionary Fund.
Music Notes
Martin Shaw
Sunday's music: Our anthem this week is "With a Voice of Singing" by Martin Shaw (1875 -1958). Composed in 1923 as a commission for the annual festival of the Rochester Diocesan Church Choirs Association in Canterbury, England, it is a festival anthem of praise and exultation that has become popular in American churches. Shaw, known for his church music compositions, studied under C.V. Stanford at the Royal College of Music with colleagues Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Throughout his career in church music he served St. Mary's Primrose Hill and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. He edited numerous musical resources in the early 20th century and was responsible for the popularization of many now-standard hymns, such as BUNESSAN ("Morning Has Broken"), "For All the Saints," and "Come Down, O Love Divine."
Organist's footnotes (Hidden Treasures): I continue to explore reams of music previously owned by Anita Coulthard, former organist at Emory & Henry College, who graciously donated her entire organ library to me last year. Here are some lesser-known treasures from her collection.
Henry Ernest Geehl (pronounced Gale; 1881-1961), was an English pianist, conductor, composer, and arranger. He toured as a pianist and theater conductor and, in 1919, joined the staff of the Trinity College of Music, where he taught until a year before his death. He also became music editor for the Edwin Ashdown and Enoch publishing firm. "Lament" (prelude), published by Ashdown in 1958 and presumably composed around that same time, is reminiscent of a musical style prevalent 50 years earlier.
Everett Titcomb (1884-1968) was a 20th-century American composer of sacred choral and organ music who contributed a vast number of works for the Episcopal Church. During his lifetime, he was internationally recognized as a composer of sacred music. Titcomb was among a group of pioneers who promoted early music, particularly plainchant and Renaissance polyphony. He traveled to Europe a number of times during his early career to research this repertoire. His "Wedding Day" (offertory) is subtitled "Improvisation on Barnby's 'O Perfect Love'" and dedicated "for my cousin Susan Titcomb," presumably on the occasion of her wedding.
Henry Purcell (1659 -1695) is generally considered one of the greatest English composers. His fantasias are cornerstones of the modern viol consort repertory. His "Fantasy on One Note" (postlude) was composed in 1680. The tenor viol part literally consists of one note, middle C, tied over from measure to measure for the entire piece. One imagines Purcell writing this part for a beginning viol player, allowing him or her to play with the experienced violists. In this organ transcription by C.F. Simkins, the one note is played by a pencil wedged into the keys.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Wayne Ausmus
Gene Blankenship
Christians in Nigeria/ECWA
Cities of Dayton & El Paso
Rachel Davis
Mandy Dorton
Ethiopian brothers & sisters
DeeDee & Sarah Galliher
Diane Glymph
Ron Grubbs
Harvey family
Jan Hornick
David & Andrea Hyde
Kristi Johnson
Marty Keys & family
Nancy King
Kwon family
Favour Maji
Dot Mattison
Stellie May (Southeast Asia mission)
Carl McGrady
Alice Moore
Pendley family
Don Preston
Bob Rhea
Larry Roberts (Greg's brother)
Virginia Rutherford
Stigers family
Teachers & students returning to school
Ashley Thomasson
Chuck Thompson
Erin Yates
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Aug. 11     Juliana Linke
Aug. 12     Mary Bailey, Madison Ratliff, Penn Story, Rebecca Tate
Aug. 13     Katy Stigers
Aug. 14     Nora McCracken, Pete Stigers
Aug. 17     Jane Nickels, John Ratliff
Church Calendar
Sunday, August 11
9:00 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.     Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
4:00 p.m.       Churchwide Celebration, Church Lawn
Monday, August 12
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Comm., Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Worship Comm., Room 123
Tuesday, August 13
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conf. Room
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, August 14
4:00 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34 - 37
5:30 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.       Wednesday Night Kids
6:00 p.m.       Middle School Gathering
6:00 p.m.       High School Small Groups
6:15 p.m.       Handbell Practice, Room 212
6:20 p.m.       Adult Learning Program, Fellowship Hall
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, August 15
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
6:30 p.m.       Troop Game Night, Scout Hall
Friday, August 16
12:00 p.m.     Student Hiking Event, Laurel Falls
Saturday, August 17
10:30 a.m.     Kids Start Your Bikes, Church Parking Lot
Our Church Officers
Church Officers
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Anna Booher
Nancy Allerton
Ann Abel
Lee Galliher
Rebecca Beck
Randy Cook
Pete Holler
David Hyde
John Graham
Han Ong
Jordan Pennington
Katie McInnis
Pete Stigers
Jerry Poteat
John Vann
Sujean Bradley
Blake Bassett
Fred Harkleroad
George Linke
Rhonda Comer
Matt Kingsley
Greg Roberts
Ron Fox
Lisa McClain
Nate Sproles
Brenda Lawson
Drew Rice
Bill Whisnant
Barbara Thompson
Joyce Samuel
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill
Jack Butterworth